Odisha receives 28% less rainfall

Bhubaneswar: The State has experienced 28% less rainfall than normal between June 1 and July 5, informed Deputy Special Relief Commissioner, Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra today. Moreover, Bolangir, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Angul districts have witnessed 50% less rain during the period.

“In the month of June, the average rainfall in State was recorded at 161.1 mm as compared to the average normal rainfall of 216.5 mm,” Mohapatra stated.

In July, there has been less rainfall across the State in past five days except one day.

“As the meteorological department has forecast an increase in rainfall in the State from July 8, we expect that the shortfall will be replenished,” Mohapatra added.

According to reports, seven districts have experienced normal rainfall whereas 14 districts have witnessed 19-39% deficit rainfall and nine districts have seen severe shortfall.

Replying to a query on the rainfall deficit condition in the State, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy said the government is ready to face any kind of situation. Contingency plans are in place, he added.